July 16, 2014 7:01 am
Updated: July 16, 2014 6:39 pm

200 days into Al-Jazeera staff jailing, chronicling Egypt’s press crackdown


Watch above: After 200 days in an Egyptian jail, Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy wrote a defiant letter to the world. Sean Mallen reports. 

It’s been 200 days since Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed were first jailed. Now, the three face years in prison – convicted and sentenced on dubious grounds that caused worldwide outcry last month.

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And while Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expressed regret over the internationally condemned sentencing, he’s said he has no intention to overturn it.

READ MORE: International outrage after Egyptian court convicts 3 journalists, including a Canadian, of terrorism charge

Fahmy is a Canadian citizen, and Ottawa’s come under fire for what many called a lukewarm response to his incarceration. Ottawa has said it’s “concerned” by the sentencing but can’t do much about it.

READ MORE: ‘Bullhorn’ diplomacy won’t free Canadian journalist in Egypt: Baird

Mohamed Fahmy (L) speaks to Egyptian judge Mohamed Nagy Shehata (R) after being allowed to leave the defendant cage during the trial of 20 individuals, including five Al-Jazeera journalists, for allegedly defaming the country and ties to the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood on May 3, 2014 .


In the year since Sisi ousted Egypt’s ex-President Mohammed Morsi, journalists have become the target of violence and arbitrary prosecution amid an increasing intolerance of dissent.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, many of members of the press in Egypt continue to be arrested, jailed, beaten and even killed for doing their job.

The following are just a few of them.

Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, Cairo bureau chief for Al-Jazeera English, Australian reporter Peter Greste and Egyptian Producer Baher Mohamed

The Al-Jazeera journalists were sentenced to seven, seven and 10 years, respectively, on terror-related charges June 23, 2014. Mohamed faced an additional three years because of ammunition (a spent bullet casing) found hear him.

Sue Turton

The Al-Jazeera reporter was tried in absentia, sentenced to ten years in prison for falsifying news June, 23, 2014.

Dominic Kane

The Al-Jazeera reporter was tried in absentia, sentenced to ten years in prison for falsifying news June, 23, 2014.

Mayada Ashraf

The 22-year-old al-Dustour reporter was killed while reporting on clashes between Morsi and Sisi supporters in March, 2014.

Mohamed Hegazy

The correspondent for U.S.-based Coptic channel Al-Tareq was arrested in December, 2013 while reporting on violence. His belongings were confiscated and he was accused of falsifying news. Hegazy’s case fell through but he continued to be harassed by officials and was reportedly sentenced to five years in prison.

Rena Netjes

The Dutch correspondent fled Egypt after her embassy discovered she had been listed among journalists wanted by police.

Firas al-Shamsan

The Yemeni journalist was detained for about a month in February after taking photos of a Cairo book fair, accused of possessing recordings that went against the personal freedom of citizens and other rights.

Karim Al-Behairy

The journalist for the independent newspaper El Badil was arrested in January, accused of “inciting riots, protesting and possessing a Molotov cocktail.” Released in March, he claimed to have been beaten, robbed and denied a lawyer during his detention.

Patrick Kingsley

The Guardian’s Egypt correspondent was detained multiple times, once for a citizen arrest.

Hugo Bachega

The Brazilian freelance journalist was detained while covering unrest in Ramses Square.

Matt Bradley and Alastair Beach

The Wall Street Journal and Independent correspondents, respectively, had their belongings stolen and shortly after were detained.

Adam Patrick Ramsey

The British journalist was beaten and detained for more than six hours before being released.

READ MORE: Egypt president refuses pardon for 3 journalists

The following journalists have been killed in Egypt while doing their job:

Tamer Abdel Raouf, Al-Ahram

Soldiers opened fire on the journalists vehicle August 19, 2013, in Damanhur, Egypt

Mosaab al-Shami, Rassd News Network

Shot in the chest by a sniper August 14, 2013, in Cairo, Egypt

Ahmed Abdel Gawad, Al-Akhbar, Misr25

Was shot while covering a raid August 14, 2013, in Cairo, Egypt

Mick Deane, Sky News

Was shot while covering a demonstration August 14, 2013, in Cairo, Egypt

Ahmed Assem el-Senousy, Freedom and Justice

Shot while photographing security forces July 8, 2013, in Cairo, Egypt

BBC staff and colleagues from other news organisations take part in a one-minute silent protest outside New Broadcasting House against the seven-year jail terms given to three al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt.

(Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

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